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Posted: 05/06/21 01:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not sure we should refer to the BMI guidelines as a 'joke'. For most every guideline/rule there are exceptions. We have to be careful we don't interpret the 'exceptions' as the 'rule. In terms one's health, that is where the considered advice of our doctors come to play.

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BMI is a reasonable indicator of body fat for both adults and children. Because BMI does not measure body fat directly, it should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Instead, BMI should be used as a measure to track weight status in populations and as a screening tool to identify potential weight problems in individuals.


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Posted: 05/06/21 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

it should not be used as a diagnostic tool.

That's laughable because that's exactly what they use it for-to "diagnose" whether or not you are obese. It's also used as a basis to determine what conditions and diseases they think you might get. It's an indicator but not an absolute.

We have to be careful we don't interpret the 'exceptions' as the 'rule. In terms one's health, that is where the considered advice of our doctors come to play.

We are ALL exceptions to that "rule". Weight is only a component of health. I think the medical community spends too much time trying to put us all in little boxes instead of looking at each as individuals. I'm certainly not a medical expert but having suffered a life-threatening illness and dealing with a number of chronic conditions makes me take a lot of their "guidelines" with a grain of salt.


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As is true with all things measurable, only ONE average exists, the rest are either one side or the other of any data center.


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I can't help but notice the products people are putting in their grocery baskets; cases of soda, nutrition-less deserts, etc. All that's fine in very moderate amounts. I never buy soda pop, but will indulge very rarely on a food with little nutrition (gotta have a little enjoyment sometimes). I'm a trim 204 lbs. [emoticon]


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